Well, at least I’m not alone. New data says that North Carolina is the 5th most stressed state. At least when it comes to work. This data was provided to us by TinyRituals who used Google Trends, the World Health Organization, The American Institute of Stress, and Innerbody.com. The goal of the research? To determine states that are struggling the most with work-related stress. And with prices increasing on everything thanks to out-of-control inflation, and wages not keeping up I can relate to that portion of work-related stress. But there are also deadlines, budgets, goals, and dealing with customers that can add to work-related stress as well. TinyRituals gave each state a score and NC received a 9.2 out of 10.
Here are the top 10 most stressed states according to this research:
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
At the other end of the spectrum, the least stressed state was Vermont. They were followed by Montana and Minnesota. TinyRituals also says that according to the American Institute of Stress 25% of people report their job as the number one stresser in their lives. As a country, we definitely need to do better and shift more to a work-to-live mindset vs. live-to-work. Europe definitely had the work-life balance figured out much better than we do! I’m not sure how we change the culture, but it needs to be done! Work-related stress can contribute to burnout and losing good employees. It can also cause a lack of productivity or and lower quality of work. So while employers may not want to encourage breaks or time off, it can actually benefit them. Plus whatever benefits your employees benefits you as a company.
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